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  • Human Rights

    The human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are violated every day, in ways ranging from discrimination and violation of the right to form a family to torture and execution. While international law recognizes the human rights, freedom, and equality of every human being, many countries and leaders claim that LGBTI people do not qualify for basic human rights. Laws criminalizing consensual sex between adults of the same sex exist on six continents, and discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status is legal in most countries. The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights launched an initiative in 2013 called Free & Equal, a global education campaign working to destigmatize LGBTI people and promote respect.

ADDED ON: 06/01/2018

Advocates Call for Release of Gay Nigerian Asylum Seeker

Udoka Nweke arrived in the United States in late 2016 seeking asylum, telling authorities that as an openly gay man in his homeland of Nigeria he could be punished with a long…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

High Court Will Rule on Ending Gay Sex Ban in Botswana

Botswana’s High Court will today hear arguments to end the country’s laws banning same-sex relations. A gay man known only as LM filed the case against Botswana’s Attorney-General. LM contends that three…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

LGBTI Communities in E. Africa Fight for Rights, Recognition

In most African countries, LGBTI rights are either limited or nonexistent. In East Africa, however, the LGBT community is rising up to challenge homophobic attitudes and laws. This February saw the Kenyan…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

Transgender Honduran Woman’s Death in US ‘ice box’ Detention Prompts Outcry

A transgender Honduran woman died in Ice custody last Friday after coming to the US as part of a caravan of Central American migrants, including several dozen other transgender women fleeing persecution in…

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ADDED ON: 05/31/2018

In Hong Kong, Gay People Prescribed Prayers and No Sex as a ‘cure’

Stop watching porn, look “macho” and avoid spending time alone with other boys - this was the advice Alvin Cheung in Hong Kong received after reaching out for help when he realised…

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ADDED ON: 05/30/2018

Gay Sex to be Banned in Indonesia – But It’s ‘Not Discriminatory,’ Say Lawmakers

Gay sex is set to be made illegal in Indonesia. The country’s new criminal code, which includes a prohibition on homosexual acts, is currently being discussed in the House of Representatives, with…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2018

Australian Government Rejects Safeguards for Gay Asylum Seekers

The Australian government has rejected calls to provide guarantees that gay asylum seekers will not be sent back to countries where they face the death penalty. MPs from the opposition Labor Party…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2018

88 Gay Men’s Deaths Tied to Hate Crimes in Sydney with Many Still Unsolved

The homicides of at least 30 gay men killed in hate crimes remain unsolved decades after they happened in Sydney, Australia. Police in New South Wales (NSW) – the state of which…

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ADDED ON: 05/28/2018

Far-right Activists Banned from the UK Are Coming to Australia

A controversial political commentator heading for Australia says her ideas “will shock people”. Canadian Lauren Southern will tour Australia and New Zealand starting next month on a speaking tour that stops at…

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ADDED ON: 05/27/2018

The Oppression of ‘Tolerance’ in Guyana

“He was burned to death in a house . . . They burned him to death. They tied him up and then burned the house . . . [The police failed to…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

Rainbow Flags and High Heels: S. Korea Holds Debut Drag Parade

South Korea held its first ever drag parade this weekend, a small but significant step for rights activists in a country that remains deeply conservative when it comes to gender and sexuality.…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

Egypt’s LGBT Crackdown

Ahmed Alaa describes hoisting a rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo as the "best five minutes of his life." Now he faces years in prison and says his family and his…

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